Recipe: Vanilla Latte Crockpot Soap

So a while back I shared a soap recipe with all of you that I made with my crockpot and a pringles can (remember that one?). And wouldn’t you know, it proved to be pretty darn popular! Maybe you’re all into the same coffee and pringles snack combination that I am (it sounds kind of gross when you say it like that, a combo, but you just can’t argue how delicious each one is so why not together! No? Okay then.) Maybe you all just love your crockpot as much as I do. Either way, it’s a great recipe for all levels of soap makers and yields a bunch of very pretty slices when you’re done, so I decided to make another version!

And I was kind of in the mood to eat an entire can of pringles- all by myself. Once you pop you can stop, right?

I contemplated changing up the entire recipe and just sticking to the method, but I really like the coffee in it as it’s great for kitchen odors and adds a great aesthetic quality to the finished product. So, I kept the coffee and did a spin on the additional scents. I LOVE a vanilla latte (I LOVE a pumpkin spice one too, but I’ve been doing a lot of pumpkin lately so I needed a change). If you’re not into vanilla, any scent that compliments coffee would work great too so experiment with what you like!


vanilla latte crockpot soap

Vanilla Latte Crockpot Soap


12 oz. Cold Coffee
18 oz. Olive Oil
6 oz. Palm Oil
8 oz. Coconut Oil
2 tbsp. Ground Coffee (not instant)
2 tbsp. Vanilla Essential Oil
4.8 oz. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)


-Stainless steel or wooden spoon (just don?t use it for food when you are done. Gross!)
-Glass jar (for mixing the lye)
-Wooden skewer (again, for mixing the lye)
-Kitchen scale
-Pringles Can (yep, from those chips you devoured last night?)
-Stick Immersion Blender (if you have one- it will totally save your arm while doing all that stirring!)

What to do:

– In your glass jar, SLOWLY add the lye into coffee (DO NOT add the coffee to the lye, it will bubble and burst and cause burns! Safety is always a priority so make sure to take the extra precautions- wear gloves, put on an apron, and mix in a well-ventilated area). Stir the mixture with a wooden skewer. DO NOT inhale the fumes (wear a mask if you want to be super-duper careful). Stir until all of the lye is dissolved and set the mixture aside.

– Add the olive, coconut, and palm oil into your Crockpot and turn on high for melting.

– Once melted, pour in the lye mixture and stir with your wooden spoon to incorporate.

– Stir constantly (seriously, don’t stop stirring. Get ready for an arm workout!) until the mixture resembles thick set pudding (trace). This will take about 15-30 minutes. If you have a stick immersion blender, stir and pulse in short bursts and you should reach the proper consistency in about 5-8 minutes (this is why I said it will totally save your arm during this step! If you don’t have one, no big deal. Switch arms half way through and consider it exercise!).

– Once you reach trace put the lid on the Crockpot and let it cook for about 10 minutes. The outsides should be boiling and it should start to look like a gel.

– Stir and put the lid back on for another 5-10 minutes. After roughly 15 minutes your soap should resemble applesauce (gelled and chunky looking). Continue to stir until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes and feels waxy when a small, cooled amount is rubbed between your fingertips. Total cooking time is usually about 30 minutes.

– Finally add the almond oil and ground coffee and mix well; leaving it slightly swirled in appearance.

– Place the finished soap into the empty (and thoroughly wiped clean) Pringles container and allow to cool. Once completely cooled, simply tear off the container!

– Slice soap into 1/2 slices and enjoy!

Yes, this is a slightly more time consuming recipe, but I promise you- it’s totally worth it! Your hard work will yield more than 16 soap slices from one batch (the holiday season is here- homemade gifts anyone?)! And hey, while you’re sitting around stirring soap for the next 30 minutes or so, why not enjoy a cup of coffee. Or some Pringles. Or both. You know you’ll like it!

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